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Final four foes fixed

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Girard football fans will be making the trek on Saturday to Dover to see the Indians face Newark Licking Valley in a Division IV state semifinal game. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Crater Stadium. The Indians (12-1) are coming off a 43-18 victory over Hubbard in an all-Trumbull County ...

Wesson brothers lead OSU victory

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COLUMBUS — Brothers Kaleb Wesson and Andre Wesson combined for 29 points to lead four Ohio State players in double figures in an 89-61 win over South Carolina State on Sunday. Kaleb Wesson scored 17 of his 18 points in the first half as the Buckeyes (4-0) took a 43-21 halftime lead. The ...

Locals contribute to YSU program

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YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Kane-Johnson wore the Westminster College blue uniform proudly for the past couple of seasons. The Niles McKinley High School all-time leading boys basketball scorer had 30 points as the NCAA Division III team almost upended Youngstown State University last ...

Steelers come through when needed in 6th straight win

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions on his first 12 passes. The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to score in the first half for the first time in more than two years, and they still trailed by 10 approaching the 2-minute warning. So when Big Ben muscled his way over ...

Fla. International tops Penguins

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NEW YORK — Junior Donel Cathcart III scored 27 points and freshman Darius Quisenberry had 21, but the Youngstown State men’s basketball team dropped a 102-93 decision to Florida International on Sunday afternoon in the Johnny Bach Classic at Rose Hill Gym. The Penguins fall to 2-4 overall ...

Driving the Girard train

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NILES — The headlights kept coming in two-by-two around Bo Rein Stadium as people from Struthers, Leavittsburg and other communities in the Mahoning Valley converged to see Hubbard and Girard face off for the second time this season. They played for bigger stakes this time since the Week 2 ...

Buckeyes survive against Terps

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Relentlessly zipping up and down the field, ninth-ranked Ohio State and upstart Maryland were racking up yards and points at a dizzying pace. Finally, the Terrapins were presented with the chance to end it — one way or another. A gutsy decision by Maryland interim ...

Penguins finish 4-7 after blowing lead

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NORMAL, Illinois — The worst season of Bo Pelini’s coaching career ended on Saturday, and now Youngstown State will wait to find out if it was his last with the Penguins. YSU gave up 332 rushing yards and lost a fourth-quarter lead as Illinois State pulled away for a 35-28 victory at ...

Adversity finally too much for JFK

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MACEDONIA — Not many teams bounced back from adversity like John F. Kennedy did this year. A team that was lucky to be 1-4 at the midway point of the year and was outscored 213 to 49 during a brutal four-game stretch somehow managed to win four of its last five games and qualify for the ...

Steelers, Jags have a history

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Even if the memory is still fresh, the temptation is there for Pittsburgh to overlook the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Steelers might have been guilty of that in January in the AFC divisional playoffs. Mike Mitchell and Le’Veon Bell talked more about a rematch in the ...

Morgan scores 25; Penguins dropped by Fordham, 67-61

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NEW YORK — Devin Morgan’s 25 points weren’t enough as Youngstown State dropped a 67-61 decision to Fordman Saturday in the Rams Johnny Bach Classic tournament. Nick Honor hit four free throws in the final 18 seconds and Fordham earned back-to-back wins.. Morgan’s fifth 3-pointer cut ...

Fall sports all-star honors

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Football MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE First team Joe Ballone Sr Lowellville Brannon Brungard Sr Springfield Josh Celli Sr McDonald Benjamin Chaszeyka Sr Springfield Nathan Chiclowe Sr Mineral Ridge Alex Cintron Sr McDonald Bryce Davis Sr Jackson-Milton Nate ...

Canfield season ends in 33-7 defeat

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WARREN — Canfield and Kenston squared off in a game of truth or dare Friday in a Division III Region 9 championship game. The truth was that the Cardinals, the top seed in the region, were not skilled in passing the football. It also was true that they rarely needed to pass, considering ...

Browns looking up headed into bye week

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CLEVELAND — The losing has slowed, but hasn’t stopped for the ever-rebuilding Browns. They’re in the midst of yet another coaching search, and the NFL playoffs are likely to come and go without them again this season — the 16th straight postseason since their most recent ...

Scouting Report: Week 11

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A strange year comes to a close today, ending like so many others over the past 18 years — without a playoff berth. The on-again, off-again Youngstown State football team concludes a puzzling season on the road against Missouri Valley Football Conference foe Illinois State (5-5, 2-5). The ...

OSU fights ‘underachiever’ label

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer hates having to defend the performance of his ninth-ranked Buckeyes, who still have a shot at winning the Big Ten and the national championship heading into Saturday’s game at Maryland. Meyer bristles at those who claim this team has ...

Plenty of smiles

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YOUNGSTOWN — Madison Mallory smiled as she took a glance to her right. On the table in front of her during a postgame news conference were the final statistics of Friday’s 90-31 win over Carlow. She saw the 15 points beside her name, high scorer for the Youngstown State University ...

Backups give Steelers a boost

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without key starters on their offensive and defensive lines when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his fourth straight game with a knee injury, while defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been ruled out ...

Penguins get 3-point attack going in win over Columbia

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BRONX, N.Y. — Three-point shooting has been erratic to say the least for Youngstown State through the first three games. Friday, junior Kendale Hampton changed that perception during the Penguins’ 94-83 win over Columbia at Rose Hill Gym on the Fordham University campus in the first of ...

Canfield keeps focus on tonight’s regional final

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CANFIELD — Canfield High School football coach Mike Pavlansky already has emphasized to his players to leave any thoughts of a state semifinal game in the furthest depths of their minds. It cannot enter the thought process during tonight’s Division III, Region 9 final against Kenston. ...